Lois Evalyn Ehrsam

March 27, 1923 ‒ December 16, 2014

Fountain Hills, Arizona

Lois Evalyn Ehrsam, 91, went to be with her heavenly father on December 16, 2014 in Columbus, Ohio. 

She was born in Donora, PA on March 27, 1923, the daughter of Ruben Earl Hagerson and Frances Thornley Hagerson. She was proceded in death by two brothers, Bryon and James Hagerson.

In 1941 she married Rodger R. McAlister, a member of the Merchant Marines during World War II, and raised two children as she supported her husband’s diplomatic career in the Middle East.

She married John Ross Ehrsam of Abilene, KS in 1967 and they moved to Scottsdale, Arizona in 1971. They chose Fountain Hills as their home and became the 14th residents of this community. They were involved in the business and social life of the community. Sadly John passed away in 1986. Lois called Fountain Hills home for 43 years, living in 7 different homes.

Lois was an astute businesswoman, an avid bridge player, a devoted servant of God, a loyal friend to many, and the grand matriarch of her multi-generational family.

She is survived by her son Rodger L. (Marilyn) McAlister and their sons Rodger (Nancy), Brad (Kim) and Garrett (Christine) and by her daughter Pamela (Thom) McAlister Hunzicker and their children Kellie (John), Alicia (Kevin), Tommy (deceased), and sister Joan Hagerson Matthias.  Her extended family includes 4 step children John, Ann, Vergie, Chris and 1 step daughter Linda plus 14 great grandchildren. Revered by all her family members, she was lovingly called the “Great Nanno”.

A memorial service will be held at a January date (TBA) in Fountain Hills, AZ.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Catholic Church of the Ascension ,Fountain Hills, AZ or to a charity of your choice.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home in Delaware, Ohio.

Condolences may be expressed at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com

  • Our sincere sympathy…..Lois was quite the lady….fun to visit with and fun to hear her talk about her family. She loved them so much.

  • My sincere sympathy to her family, she was always happy and full of energy with a smile on her face and love in her heart. She was fun to walk with and had great stories to tell and loved her puppy (Sam) . She so loved her family, she was a grand lady, dressed to kill always and kind to everyone. We will all miss her very much. God has gained another angel.